South East Wales

Tunisia attack hero Mathew James awarded Life Saving Medal

Mathew James and Saera Wilson Image copyright Mathew James Fund/Facebook
Image caption This image of Mathew James and Saera Wilson was posted online as he recovered

A Welsh holidaymaker who acted as a human shield to save his partner during the Tunisia terror attack is to receive an award, it has been announced.

Mathew James, 30, from Pontypridd, was shot three times while protecting his fiancee Saera Wilson.

St John Cymru-Wales revealed Mr James has been awarded a silver Life Saving Medal for his "conspicuous act of gallantry".

He will receive the medal at Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff, in June.

Keith Dunn OBE, chief executive for St John Cymru-Wales, said: "This is an extremely rare and prestigious award. Mathew has shown presence of mind and control under great pressure.

"The recognition is richly deserved and his actions went above and beyond what anyone would have expected."

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